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Science in Seconds - Torture

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Science in Seconds Know Everything RANTS - Torture Brit Trogen: Nobody expected the Spanish Inquisition. But it was hard not to expect that the torture techniques once made popular by the Inquisitors might see a renewed popularity. Torture is defined as "the infliction of severe pain or suffering in order to obtain information." Or, depending who you ask, any one of the "Twilight" movies. And to some people, if there's a lot at stake and a chance you can get what you need using a bit of "enhanced interrogation", it might seem like a pretty fair trade. But, from a scientific perspective, there are some major reasons why this doesn't actually pan out. Take waterboarding, for example. In this method, water is forced through the nasal passage and throat, causing immediate stimulation of the glossopharyngeal nerve, or gag reflex. This results in a terrifying sensation of choking, drowning, extreme pain and, if uninterrupted, death, that will cause the victim to say just about anything to make it stop. The intensely stressful situations brought on by torture also bombard two areas of the brain, called the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex, with hormones that compromise brain functioning and severely damage brain tissue, potentially destroying the very memories and information you're trying to extract. Throw in the chance that your torture subject might accidentally die, leaving you with a ticking bomb to unearth and no living person who knows where it is, and, all-in-all, it seems like torture might not be the best way to go. Courtesy of Science in Seconds – All rights reserved Only for educational/non-profit purposes. (Translators are invited to put their name here)

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Duration: 1 minute and 54 seconds
Year: 2011
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Science in Seconds
Director: Science in Seconds
Views: 98
Posted by: tradottiinitaliano on Sep 10, 2011

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